The Occupational SCUBA to 30m qualification (Part 1) is the first level of certification as a commercial diver. It is intended to establish occupational scuba diving skills as part of the training for construction divers and is the occupational SCUBA qualification for police, marine archaeology, scientific research, media, and engineering inspection diving.
The qualification limits the diver to using hand tools or conducting inspections in no decompression dives with direct access to the surface. The diver cannot operate surface controlled power tools, or dive in operations where the use of overhead lifting or other similar activities is required.
The course meets the requirements of:
- AS 2815.1 – Scuba Diving to 30 metres
- AS 2815.6 – Restricted Occupational Scuba Diver
- Certificate IV in Hyperbaric Operations (Occupational SCUBA diving to 30m). National Qualification Code 11006NAT.
Note: If you study at an ADAS training establishment outside of Australia you may not be eligible for this Australian Qualifications Framework certificate. The ADAS licence, however, is issued at all ADAS training establishments.
Before applicants commence ADAS Part 1 training, the ATE must ensure that they:
- Are at least 18 years of age at the commencement of training
- Are in possession of a valid certificate of medical fitness to dive (see AS/NZS 2299.1) issued, after examination, by a doctor trained and experienced in underwater medicine in accordance with the requirements in AS/NZS 2299.1, and that certification remains valid until the scheduled completion date of the training being undertaken. If the trainee’s health has changed significantly since the medical certificate was issued, the trainee shall seek an appropriate medical review
- Are able to swim competently
- Note: Swimming competence should be demonstrated by the trainee completing a 200m swim on the surface using mask, fins and snorkel while wearing SCUBA equipment and neutrally buoyant within eight minutes, and by the trainee treading water for 10 min while fully clothed (i.e. wearing a long sleeved shirt and long pants)
- Hold a recognised certificate of recreational diving competence (e.g. an open water sports diver qualification from a recognised SCUBA training organization, or a certificate as a military diver) and demonstrate logged evidence of at least 10 dives undertaken since receiving certification and within 6 months of commencing the ADAS training course OR
- have attended and passed an occupational diver aptitude programme prior to starting the course
- Unless Non-English Language (NEL) speaking course arrangements have been made with ADAS, can understand written and verbal communication in English, and can communicate effectively in English with other persons
- Hold either a recognised current Diver Medic Technician certificate or a current First Aid certificate from an accredited training organization (i.e. has been certified within 3 years of the conclusion of the proposed training program) and CPR and oxygen resuscitation skills must have been refreshed within the 12 month period prior to the conclusion of the training program. The student’s First Aid qualifications must meet the competency requirements of AS/NZS 2299.1 Occupational diving operations standard operational practice.
- Is able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals and vulgar fractions; calculate percentages; and transpose and solve simple formulas, eg gas laws.
The following units of competency are completed:
- BSBWHS211 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
- NAT11006001 Work safely in hyperbaric operations
- NAT11006002 Maintain effective working relationships within dive or hyperbaric operations team
- NAT11006003 Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and diving physics to diving
- NAT11006004 Assess diving casualty and assist with first aid and treatment of diving illness and injuries
- NAT11006006 Utilise and maintain SCUBA equipment
- NAT11006007 Undertake pre-dive preparations for a SCUBA diving operation
- NAT11006008 Undertake underwater deployment in a SCUBA diving operation
- NAT11006009 Implement emergency procedures for SCUBA
- NAT11006010 Undertake post-dive procedures for a SCUBA diving operation
- NAT11006053 Perform underwater tasks using basic tools and visual techniques for a diving operation
- NAT11006054 Undertake a compression chamber dive
- NAT11006061 Contribute to health and safety in diving operations in compliance with legislation
- NAT11006062 Work effectively in the occupational diving industry
- NAT11006063 Use and maintain dive compressors
- NAT11006065 Apply knowledge of basic physics, anatomy, physiology and psychology to hyperbaric work
- Elective: NAT11006064 Use and maintain a dry suit for diving
- Elective: NAT11006058 Use enriched air nitrox in occupational diving operations
Delivery & Assessment
The ADAS Occupational Scuba Diving to 30 metres (Part 1) course is to have a minimum duration of four (4) weeks. That is a minimum of twenty (20) course days are to be programmed to meet the training, assessment and administration requirements of the course.
The emphasis of the training must be on preparing recreational SCUBA divers to work safely and effectively as members of a diving team using modern full face masks with effective communications to successfully achieve a variety of light work, inspection and survey tasks.